CFHS code : CL39

Parish : St Clement

Inscription : In Loving Memory of MARY ANN CLARKE d Feb 17 1938 aged 83 also her son JOHN EDWARD CLARKE d Feb 13 1938 aged 53 also her daughter MINNIE FLORENCE CLARKE d September 29 1958 aged 82

Monument : Headstone/Kerb stones

Above information from Cambridge Family History Society Survey

Lat Lon : 52.202394, 0.13787076 – click here for location

Clarke monument December 2018


Located on the southern boundary of the parish halfway between the central and east paths.


In Loving Memory of MARY ANN CLARKE died Feb 17th 1938 aged 83 years

Also her son JOHN EDWARD CLARKE died Feb 13th 1938 aged 53 years

Also her daughter MINNIE FLORENCE CLARKE died Sept 29th 1958 aged 82 years


Mary Ann Hannah Clarke (nee Murdock)  (17 July 1854 – 17 February 1938)

Mary Ann was born in Leicester, and was baptised at St George’s Church in Leicester on 1st October 1854.  She was the daughter of George and Mary Murdock – George was a hosiery warehouseman. Her mother Mary died when Mary Ann was 4 years old.

She married William George Clarke on 31st December 1874 in Leicester when she was 20 years old. William was known by his middle name of George. George worked as a boot and shoe clicker and they raised their family at 19 Gwydir Street.  A boot clicker was the person who cut the uppers for the boots from the piece of leather.

George and Mary had at least twelve children: Millicent Mary (1875-1875), Minnie Florence (1876-1958), George Alfred (1878-1954), Mary Louisa (1880-1963), Lillian Maud (1882-1964), William M (1883-1883), John Edward (1884-1936), Arthur William (1886-1936), Harry Charles (1888-1936), Frank Prime Murdock (1890-1973), Elise May (1892-1893) and Grace Agnes (1894-1979).

George died on 8th January 1895 aged 47 years old.  He left Mary as a widow and his estate was valued at £20 at probate. She continued to live at 19 Gwydir Street with her children and in 1901 was working as a monthly sick nurse.  In 1911 she was working as a sick nurse to Eileen Carver (aged under 1 month) at Kimberley Road – having had so many children herself she must have been a natural.  She died in February 1938 aged 83 years old.

John Edward Clarke (d 1938)

John Edward was the seventh of the twelve Clarke children.  He appears to have been a soldier, and was stationed at Hartley Wintney in 1901 and Dover Castle in 1911. In 1911 he was with the 3rd Batallion of the Worcestershire Regiment.  He died in Cambridge at the age of 53 years.

Minnie Florence Clarke (8 August 1876 – 29 September 1958)

Minnie was the eldest surviving daughter of the Clarke children. Aged 14 in 1901 she was working as a domestic servant to the Banyard Family on East Road – Francis Banyard was a tobacco manufacturer. Aged 24 she was working as a general domestic servant to the Webb family on Newmarket Road.  By 1939 she was back living in her childhood home at 19 Gwydir Street with her sister Mary Louisa – the census records note her as ‘incapacitated’.  She died aged 82 years old,



Newspaper archives

by Claire Martinsen

John Edward Clarke; Mary Ann Clarke; Minnie Florence Clarke